U. S. Government/Societal Changes and Opportunities for Minorities

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Changing patterns in American society at the end of WW2 changed the way most Americans lived and worked.

A. Factors leading to changing patterns in U.S. society[edit]

What factors led to changing patterns of society in the post-WW2 era?

  1. Strong economy (healthy job market, increased productivity, increased demand for American products)
  2. The Baby Boom1, which led to changing demographics (characteristics of a population)
  3. Interstate highway system.
  4. Changes in make-up of immigrants.

B. Better opportunities for military, women, and minorities[edit]

What policies and programs expanded educational and employment opportunities for the military, women, and minorities?

  1. Greater U.S. investment in education.
  2. Evolving role of women2
  3. Eleanor Roosevelt3
  4. African Americans' aspirations (goal) for equal opportunities. (Civil Rights Movement4)

C. Policies and programs expanding educational and employment opportunities[edit]

  1. G. I. Bill5 of Rights gave education, housing, and employment benefits to WW2 veterans.
  2. Harry Truman6 desegregated the armed forces.
  3. Civil Rights legislation led to increased educational, economic, and political opportunities for women and minorities.